Beautiful European Flags – Kingdom of Norway

The Norway flag is one of the many beautiful flags of Europe displayed from commercial and residential flag poles throughout the European territory. This flag is colored red, or better said, the field is colored red. Also, a blue colored cross is displayed on top of the field, of which the vertical portion is shifted towards the hoist side of the national flag. Interesting similarities exists between this and other Scandinavian flags.

Some controversy exists with regards to when the first flown on behalf of this country, or Kingdom, was first flown. Historical evidence tells a little story as far as providing information on such a flag. Kings of different territories would fly flags from flag poles and such during times of battle, especially throughout Europe for means of identification.

After the union Denmark-Norway was attacked in the past by the Kingdom of Great Britain at the so-called “Battle of Copenhagen.” It then accepted and entered into an alliance with Napoleon, during the early years of the 19th century. The kingdom, was forced, under terms of the Treaty of Kiel, to give up Norway to the king of Sweden.

The earliest known Norway flag is the one that is flown today as the so-called “Royal Standard.” A certain Magnusson displayed a flag that displayed a gold colored lion from the late 13th century, used by the country as well as the King of Norway. Interestingly, the country actually used the same flag as Denmark starting in the sixteenth century for some 200 years!

Interestingly, and like other European flags, the Norway flag is subject to certain traditions. Unlike some other countries, other national flags are to be treated with the same respect as the Norwegian flag. Also, and unlike the American or U.S. tradition, the flag is rolled into a cylindrical shape (and subsequently tied up). Manufactures throughout the world manufacture flags of Europe and such from good quality materials.

Click here for high quality flags of Scandinavia for use with flag poles and more.


Participate in global design-jam

11-March 13 Global Service Jam held in cities worldwide, also in Oslo. What about designing a completely new service in 48 hours, along with others engaged?




All of Unica pieces are unique and limited edition sculptures produced as single item
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Glass, graphic and visual artist, Anne Haavind usually works with glass and large functional shapes. Anne grew up in Ekely, an artist colony in Oslo founded in the 1940s where among others, the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch lived and worked. Surrounded and inspired by creative minds from an early age, it was a logical step for her to go on to pursue a formal education as an artist herself. The influences of the Norwegian landscape shine through Annes Pieces. Glaciers, reflective light and the mountains as being among her inspirations for the hypnotically beautiful, yet functional forms she creates. “I’m fascinated by the possibilities and challenges related to working with glass,” she says. I run the company single handedly and wish to keep the business small and thus produce exclusive merchandise”.

Designer: Anne Haavind

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Peter Karpf has always been fascinated by the living flame and therefore designed a candleholder with not one but two flame holders. Shaped in polished stainless steel like a half circle the Gemini candleholder provides an all-neutral and harmonious course from flame to flame. What’s more, the open shape gives the owner the greatest possible freedom to combine an endless number of Gemini candleholders as illustrated here.

Designer: Peter Karpf, Denmark
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Ahus seeking CAD services


Akershus University Hospital Announces now a tender competition for the purchase of new CAD services.

Entering into a contract for the purchase of CAD services.

This includes management and operation of [Ahus]( its CAD model of an AutoCAD platform:
• Audit Changes
• Updated PLT files for use in Ahus Technical filing system
• Updated dwg files for use in Plania
• Future needs for the creation of “new” model for the drawings that have not been part of Ahus CAD model


Signage design for public building


Subway lines inspired by London’s underground signage system highlight
a 5000m2 building in Norway − from the facade to over 200 unique door signs.


Signage design for public building

Storehagen Atrium, a 5000 m2 large governmental building, opened it’s doors to the public in September 2010 in Førde, Norway. Constructed by Futurum, the building hosts the national Lotteri- og stiftelsestilsynet and the regional Cultural Department among other public institutions. After a competition by invitation, Ralston & Bau was chosen to design the signage of the building. The selected signage design is using the simplicity and clarity of the underground signage systems used in London, Paris or New York. The idea was inspired by the fact that Storehagen Atrium will be an important hub in Førde, a city with the desire to become a metropolis.
Characteristic subway lines are used all through the signage system with strong colors and graphical shapes dedicated to each floor and institution. Designed following the principles of Universal design they should make it easy for any user, like persons with visual impairment, to find their way.
The mission included designing the exterior and interior signs, from directions in the public areas to the name labeling on each office door. Each of the 200 doors in the building has an unique design pattern.

Ove Mjåtveit, project leader, says:
“The Tenants Council wished for bespoke signage that embodied forward thinking – as well as expressing the safe and secure values that our institutions represents. We liked Ralston & Bau’s proposition very much and chose therefore them for the assignment. The process to coordinate all signage has been more challenging then expected – but Ralston & Bau have all the time been positive and service minded and not least helped us to drive the project forward. The work is now almost done and I’m both proud and happy of the result!”

**Name:** Storehagen Atrium

**Mission:** Signage Design

**Client:** Sogn og Fjordane fylkeskommune / Lotteri- og stiftelsestilsynet / Bufetat / Konfliktrådet / Pasient- og brukarombodet / DnB NOR / Sparebank 1 
**Period:** 2010

**Delivery:** concept, signage design, production follow-up

**Production:** FluorLux


Permanent Installation in Måltidets Hus (The House of Food) in Stavanger, Norway


Måltidets Hus is the new 9000 m2 national and international resource centre for food development, host of the Gastronomic Institute and Norwegian chef team. Ralston & Bau was commissioned by Figgjo to make a permanent installation in the reception hall. A central wall that runs three flights high was transformed into a generous, vertical feast table. Combined iconic Figgjo dishes form organic shaped plates and bowls of the table, the wall was covered with an innovative laminated wood material simulating a linen table cloth. The wood was engraved with the shapes of ghost silver ware and glasses, while a classic chair backrest on the wall top completes the illusion of the vertical table. The installation was opened to the public on the 16th of September.


Anders Thingbø, CEO Figgjo thinks: This project has had found it’s own path since it is truly innovative! The reception of the finished result was allround positive…and the final design a surprise to many.
Constance Gaard Kristiansen, product manager Figgjo: I like the vertical table more and more!


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Responsible Nordic design


Responsible Nordic design
The first fall launch from Muuto is a storage basket with the name Restore. It is made of polymer felt from recycled plastic bottles, and allows you to store your things without burdening the environment or your conscience. The basket is designed by Finnish designer Mika Tolvanen who explains how he came up with the design: “My idea was to design a basket that could be used for a lot of purposes – something that stores anything from magazines and newspapers to toys and firewood. Also, a lot of thought has gone into the use of polymer felt. The responsible material choice combined with the basket’s soft shape give Restore an expression that is both warm and welcoming.”

Restore is available in light grey, dark grey, blue, green and purple. Width 35cm, length 48 cm, height 23 cm.
In shops in November.

New colours for popular lamp
The Mhy lamp from MUUTO is designed by Norway Says and with the introduction of a red and a grey version, the popular lamp is now available in no less than seven colours. Norway Says on the design: “Mhy combines an elegant and discreet appearance with a personal expression that is inspired by literature from our childhood. With its elegant and light design, Mhy is a great choice for your kitchen, dining table, hall or any other room, where you want to add a stylish element”

Mhy is now available in black, white, yellow, green, purple, red and grey.
New colours will be in stores in October.

MUUTO is an innovative Scandinavian design company that joins forces with the leading contemporary Scandinavian designers to create original products with new perspectives. The result is design objects that are enjoyed across the world, representing the best of Scandinavian design today.

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Northern (L)attitudes: Norwegian and American Contemporary Art


A collection of photographs, paintings, videos and mixed media, this exhibition will celebrate the works of nine provocative contemporary artists (four American, five Norwegian) all of whom are American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) Fellowship recipients: Eric Aho, Marion Belanger, Lene Berg, Sandra Binion, Kjell Bjørgeengen, Ole Martin Lund Bø, Unn Fahlstrøm, Nina Katchadourian and Are Mokkelbost.